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January 17, 2013
Grosse Pointe South’s boys’ swimming and diving team kept city rival Grosse Pointe North at bay yet again last week, winning 126-60.

Head coach Eric Gunderson and the Blue Devils opened the meet by winning the 200-yard medley relay with sophomore Tyler Leggat, sophomore Robby Koueiter, junior Sam Wilkinson and senior Frank Cusumano posting a time of 1:52.16.

The Norsemen’s foursome of senior Matthew Leone, sophomore Matt Stander, junior Patrick Turnbull and junior A.J. Owens took second with a time of 1:53.90.

In the 200-yard freestyle, South junior Patrick Jackson easily won with a time of 1:52.22, while teammate, sophomore Zach Due, was second with a time of 2:03.05.

North junior Danny MacAskill was third with a time of 2:03.98.

South sophomore Devlin Francis won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:17.15, while taking second was North’s Turnbull and third South freshman Patrick Waterston with times of 2:25.40 and 2:31.47, respectively.

The Blue Devils posted a first and second in the 50-yard freestyle with juniors Nick Yoo and Jack Martin turning in times of 23.02 and 23.46. North’s Leone was third with a time of 24.70.

The Norsemen won their first event in diving when freshman William McNelis just edged North’s Eric Addy, 184.70-180.95. South’s Erik Romer and North’s Duncan MacAskill took third and fourth with 168.85 and 166.35 points, respectively.

South took the top four spots in the 100-yard butterfly with Yoo winning with a time of 56.81. Leggat was second with a time of 1:01.52, followed by freshmen Andrew Trost and Connor Mallegg with times of 1:04.97 and 1:14.74, respectively.

Jackson beat Turnbull in the 100-yard freestyle with times of 50.31 and 53.99. South’s Martin and Wilkinson finished third and fourth with times of 55.02 and 56.59.

In the 500-yard freestyle, Francis won with a time of 5:29.51. Due was second with a time of 5:30.86 and Danny MacAskill placed third with a time of 5:30.93, respectively.

South’s Yoo, Jackson, Martin and Francis won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:34.84, while teammates James Seagram, Trost, Due and Koueiter took second at 1:43.46.

North’s group of Turnbull, sophomore Graham Eger, Owens and Leone placed third with a time of 1:43.57.

For the Norsemen and head coach Mike O’Connor, Stander won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:14.95. South sophomore Jack Warren and North senior John Hales placed second and third, respectively, with times of 1:15.08 and 1:22.38.

Leone won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.71 and South freshman Jacob Montague was second at 1:01.37.

The final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, went to South’s Yoo, Francis, Martin and Jackson with a time of 3:41.92.

O’Connor said season-best performances were turned in by Eger, Michael Rieth and Chris Ghanem in the 50-yard freestyle; Turnbull, Danny MacAskill and Hales in the 100-yard freestyle; Jacob Flowers and Rieth in the 200-yard freestyle; 200 yard freestyle; Danny MacAskill and Flowers in the 500-yard freestyle; Leone in the 100-yard backstroke; Hales and Rieth in the 100-yard breaststroke; Anthony Cafagna in the 100-yard butterfly; and Sam Shehadeh in diving.

In other action last week, Grosse Pointe North defeated Henry Ford II 118-63.

North had two double winners as Danny MacAskill took the 200- and 500-yard freestyles, while Leone scored wins in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.

Individual winners included Turnbull in the 200-yard individual medley, McNelis in diving and Stander in the 100-yard breastroke.

O’Connor said season-best performances were recorded in the 100-yard freestyle by Owens, Eger and Rieth; in the 200-yard freestyle by Danny MacAskill; in the 500-yard freestyle by Danny MacAskill; in the 100-yard backstroke by Leone and Alex Owens; in the 100-yard breaststroke by Stander; in the 100-yard butterfly by Cafagna and Michael Lemanske; in the 200-yard individual medley by Turnbull and Alex Owens.

Grosse Pointe South also had a second meet last week, beating Romeo 118-65.

The Blue Devils won the opening event, the 200-yard medley relay, with Jackson, Francis, Wilkinson and Doug Graham posting a time of 1:51.33, and Yoo took first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.06.

Jackson won the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:08.47 and Romer was first in diving with 188.45 points.

Francis was first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.61, and the Blue Devils also gained first-place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard breaststroke with Jackson and Martin winning with times of 57.70 and 1:09.97, respectively.

The Blue Devils also won the 400-yard freestyle relay as Francis, Jackson, Leggat and Yoo had a time of 3:34.75.

Grosse Pointe South is 2-0 in the MAC Red and 3-1 overall, while Grosse Pointe North is 0-1 and 2-2.

Both teams compete in MAC meets this week.

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